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Master drummer Billy Hart, 71, released a new album this week.
Master drummer Billy Hart, 71, released a new album this week. John Rogers/ECM Records
Next Wednesday: the Craig Taborn Trio live in concert. But first, these news:
- The new record from master drummer Billy Hart, now 71, has proven a popular subject. Jon Garelick writes for the Boston Phoenix; Hank Shteamer writes for Time Out New York.
- April 13 is Jazz Day, as declared by the U.S. Council of Mayors. The Jazz Journalists Association is declaring it "jazz media day" — and encouraging everyone to participate. More details in the link above.
- More full documentaries on YouTube: Django Reinhardt (nearly two hours!) and the worthwhile (if incomplete) story of Blue Note Records.
- Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane are the subjects of this week's American Routes public radio program. Two hours, folks.
- Gonzalo Rubalcaba cover story for Miami's alt-weekly, circa 1997. Talk about a controversial musician: You don't hear much about militant protests against freakishly-good jazz pianists these days. (I stumbled upon this while researching a related topic.)
- Clarinetist Ben Goldberg is the subject of a San Francisco Chronicle profile. The piece focuses on his many different bands, including his first attempt at writing songs with words.
- Brian Ho is a Chinese-American organist who learned his instrument in the way many great jazz keyboard players did — in the black church. The San Jose Mercury News reports.
- Laurence Hobgood, arranger and pianist for Kurt Elling for many years, is finally touring his own band.
Alan Miles Brown is a professor of jazz bass — and a member of the acclaimed contemporary classical ensemble Alarm Will Sound. A short Q&A in the Detroit Free Press.
- Jazz musicians respond to the Trayvon Martin story, via Alternate Takes.
- An Oklahoma City police officer started singing jazz after a severe automobile accident and is now playing New York and European gigs. One of his collaborators is the director of programming at "Jazz at the Lincoln Center."
- This etymology of the term "jazz," as originating in baseball slang, has come to the attention of this blog before. Any professional historians care to weigh in?
- Columbia College Chicago addresses proposed cutbacks in jazz programs, including the Center for Black Music Research and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble.
- Katie Malloch, a dean of Canadian jazz radio, is stepping away from the mic. She gives an exit interview to Peter Hum.
- The Nazis hated jazz. (Yes, I have seen quips that this looks a lot like popular jazz c. 2012.)
- Duke Ellington: the statue. A Blog Supreme approves.
- The movie Anchorman will have a sequel. If you need to ask why this is relevant, you need to watch that clip — and maybe this one too.
- Ted Panken's archives this week: articles about Cecil Taylor and Michael Brecker.
- JazzWax spoke with guitarist John Scofield.
- The Jazz Session spoke with Raya Brass Band and drummer Billy Hart.
- The Checkout hosted Steve Lehman's trio and Noah Preminger's quartet in the studio this week, and spoke with pianist Manuel Valera.
Elsewhere at NPR Music: